Sports  February 27, 2015
Size of 2019 World Cup still to be decided: ICC
International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Officer, David Richardson, speaks during a press conference in Dhaka, in 2013The number of teams taking part in the 2019 World Cup hasn't been finalised, the International Cricket Council told AFP on Friday as it responded to growing criticism that its proposed cut risked damaging the sport's development.Cricket chiefs have come under fire for their plan to reduce the number of teams involved in England in four years' time ...  Full Story
Two worlds collide as India face UAE in Cricket World Cup
IndiaTwo worlds collide on Saturday when mighty India tackle the United Arab Emirates' team of shipping clerks and airline staff, with at least two of the Gulf amateurs relishing the World Cup showdown at the WACA.All-rounder Krishna Chandran and wicket-keeper Swapnil Patil were both born in India but, frustrated by the pedestrian pace of their playing ...  Full Story
Liverpool focus on home after Istanbul shock exit
Liverpool players react after being knocked out of the Europa League at the round of 32 stage by Besiktas in Istanbul on February 26, 2015A bruised Liverpool will narrow their focus to domestic competitions after being slung out of the Europa League at the round of 32 stage by Besiktas in a thrilling penalty shoot out.Liverpool surrendered a 1-0 lead from the first leg for the game to go to penalties after a goalless extra time, with Besiktas sneaking through 5-4 after Dejan Lovren's...  Full Story
Cologne look for a miracle at Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich players celebrate during their Bundesliga match against Paderborn 07 in western Germany on February 21, 2015Cologne's Peter Stoeger admits they may need a miracle at Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Friday with the Bavarian giants scoring 16 goals without reply in recent league games.Bayern have not conceded a goal in any of their last three league matches, their 8-0 hammering of Hamburg and last Saturday's 6-0 pounding of Paderborn leaving Pep Guardi...  Full Story
After Arsenal, mean Monaco look to lock out PSG
MonacoMonaco follow up their stunning defeat of Arsenal in the Champions League in midweek by hosting French champions Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 on Sunday.Leaders Lyon, who are two points ahead of second-placed PSG, travel to lacklustre Lille, while third-placed Marseille were desperate to stop their slide against form side Caen on Friday. Monaco's ...  Full Story
Co-hosts set for Cricket World Cup fireworks
New ZealandOne of the World Cup's biggest games pits high-flying New Zealand against four-time champions Australia at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday in a match that could well be a dress rehearsal for the final.New Zealand are the team to beat in the tournament so far, with their eight-wicket thrashing of England last week their third win in as many pool ma...  Full Story
Chinese fans laud departing FC Guangzhou Evergrande coach Lippi
Italian coach Marcello Lippi has resigned from ChinaChinese football fans and media heaped praise on Italy's World Cup winning-coach Marcello Lippi on Friday, after he resigned from Guangzhou Evergrande club following three trophy-laden years.Evergrande, one of Asia's richest clubs, have taken the last four Chinese Super League titles, three of them under Lippi, and won the Asian Champions League in...  Full Story
IOC relaxes rule on athlete sponsors for Olympics
The International Olympic Committee is to relax regulations barring athletes from promoting non-official sponsors during the OlympicsThe International Olympic Committee is to relax regulations barring athletes from promoting non-official sponsors during the Olympics following an outcry over attempts to enforce the rule at the London 2012 Games, a spokesman said.Mark Adams, the IOC's director of communications, said Thursday the body plans to tweak existing rules which would "all...  Full Story